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Community Resiliency: Planning and Mitigation in the Current Climate

When natural disasters strike, effected communities deal with an immediate problem. With an 800-year water level high, 20 trillion gallons of rainfall accumulating to over 51”, and 185,000 homes were destroyed; thinking about future mitigation in the building and urban planning community as a result of Hurricane Harvey is critical. While first responders battle to […]

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Impact Investment Financing

Analytics, Social Impact and Underwriting Thesis on Real Estate Impact Investment Preface Renowned American author and investment strategist Jed Emerson, popularized the concept of philanthropic and social-needs based investing in the 1990s, when he conceptualized what is known today as the “blended-value” approach to investing, and introspecting non-financial intangibles when evaluating criteria for capital deployment. […]

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2013 Partnership for Building Reuse

Building Rehabilitation: Reimagining the Fabric of Communities Building rehabilitation has proven to be an effective method in achieving positive fiscal benefits while propelling economic development. Since the first rewrite of the Los Angeles (“City”) zoning ordinances in 1946, the City has continued to adopt land use regulations to provide incentives for developers to increase […]

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2016 Strategic Innovation Summit on Affordable Communities

A Blueprint for Mission-Driven Housing Development Housing affordability is a critical issue in the current market climate. Because household income thresholds, cost burdens, and building types vary, the definition of affordability also varies among different regions and continents. Therefore, the widening income gap and increasing need for low-income household results in demand for more […]

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The Three P’s of Housing Development

The 3 P’s We Need To Know Before Starting Development Projects: Public Private Partnerships The increased demand for housing, especially affordable housing, requires incentivizing both the public and private sectors to work together. A working partnership between the public and private sector will enable community leaders to create community-minded developments that will catalyze economic developments […]

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2017 and 2018 Market Trends Across Asset Classes

Real Estate Market Trends Overview When the interest rate hikes was instituted by the Federal Reserve in the Fourth Quarter of 2016, the real estate development and investment atmosphere seemed to carry a prevalent themes of heightened refinance risks, decrease in leverage, and specific asset class concerns such as the risk of increasing vacancy and […]

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Landscape on Impact Investment

The Landscape for Impact Investment Traditional financial investment market favors risk adjusted return profiles of a given investment opportunities. These opportunities use typical investment bench mark to assess risks and returns based on a number of factors, with an emphasis of return of capital in a particular market condition. The growing field of Impact Investment […]

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Is Bigger Always Better

Is Bigger Actually Better? Market conditions and political constraints directly affect the cross-disciplinary nature of real estate development. Therefore, effective real estate development projects invest directly in the community, involving both public and private constituents. When executed properly, these projects can become an effective avenue to bridge neighborhoods, address social maladies and optimize the […]

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